As a Kentucky workers’ compensation attorney, I received calls from employees of small businesses, construction companies, grocery store employees and big box stores such as Lowe’s or Home Depot. There’s another group of employees that sometimes get overlooked. These are the state employees. I can and do help Department of Corrections employees who were injured at the Kentucky State Penitentiary in Eddyville Kentucky.
The Eddyville correctional facility is a maximum (or “supermax”) security prison. The “Castle on the Cumberland” houses some of the state’s most violent prisoners. Prison guards, food service workers and other employees face a constant risk of prisoner attacks and related violence. Luckily, there haven’t been recent fatalities as a result of these prisoner attacks on other non-prisoners.
However, to name just a few recent incidences resulting in people being injured at the Kentucky State Penitentiary in Eddyville:
- February 2018 – 3 inmates attacked 2 correction officers
- June 2017 – 16 inmates attacked 8 correction officers
- April 2014 – 1 inmate attacked a food service employee
Common Injuries for Correctional Officers
These are some of the attacks which have made the news. However, other types of less-serious injuries may, and often do, qualify for workers’ compensation benefits. These injuries might include:
- Neck and back injuries sustained while lifting heavy objects on the job
- Strained muscles, tendons and ligaments resulting from breaking up fights and altercations
- Broken bones resulting from slips or falls in the hallways, cafeteria or other prison locations
State employees are eligible for Kentucky workers’ comp benefits. It may be a total disability, or a partial disability or even temporary time off to properly heal and recover. Medical expenses, therapy, rehab equipment and other expenses may be covered by your workers’ compensation benefits.
If you were injured at the Kentucky State Penitentiary in Eddyville, consult a regional workers’ compensation attorney or call us at (270) 753-0053 to see if you qualify for benefits. Your job is already hard enough. Don’t fight with the bureaucracy that hired you. An experienced Kentucky workers’ compensation attorney can step in to protect you and your benefits.